♔ KJRSOS Field of Study ~ Healthy Movement of the Centaur Body
This is the study of under the parameters of what is healthy movement for the horse, what is healthy when we introduce a rider into the equation. When we no longer are just talking about the horse and healthy movement, but the horse/rider combination, a new creature, one combined from two, this new physical structure demanding different parameters to ensure the health of the horses.
This is where we speak of bend not lean, collection and the need for the horse not to be on his forehand and why.
Where do we want the weight to be supported from? Three Levels. Front, Center, Back and what does this look like in the horse.
Bend vs Lean
Banking through a turn versus staying upright through the turn
Covering everything from change of bend, what we want to see in the horse/human combo when we any kind of turn. Based on Foundation Principle To Move Into Our Hand
A discussion on tracking up, overtracking and are we focusing on the wrong thing? Rather than worrying about overtracking or tracking up that this as everything is about balance. Sweet exquisite balance of the horse/rider, the centaur, combination. The horse needs to step into the specific spot that balances what is above. He needs to step into the center of balance to lift it up into power.
Pre-requisite The Canter
While of course the horse's balance continually morphs as he moves and plays, from front to back and side to side, it is when we mount that this becomes an issue. Also when we look at the subtle changes from one quick moment to the next, the changes can happen so rapidly or change almost instantly again that it can be difficult for us to see the changes.
As a rider and trainer, this becomes one of the more important lessons and skills that you can have. Not only because it determines what is healthy for the horse but because it determines how the aids work on the horse's body. Contrary to popular belief, not all aids work that same all the time and that is mostly affected by which level of balance the horse is in when you use that aid. Certain rein aids, for example, don't work at all in the first level of balance but work fine in the second and third level of balance.
Without this knowledge, both rider and horse are doomed to failure. It is in a way if you think about it completely unfair to the horse to utilize stronger aids, harsher bits, when we are the ones at fault for not realizing that what we are asking, in the way we are asking it, in the when, when we are asking it, is just not possible. That we are working at cross purposes of exists in the horse at that moment in time.